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The Shaping of Things to Come: Innovation and Mission for the 21st-Century Church

The Shaping of Things to Come: Innovation and Mission for the 21st-Century Church

by Alan Hirsch, Michael Frost

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In a time when the need for and the relevance of the Gospel has seldom been greater, the relevance of the church has seldom been less. The Shaping of Things to Come explores why the church needs to rebuild itself from the bottom up. Frost and Hirsch present a clear understanding of how the church can change to face the unique challenges of the twenty-first century. This missional classic has been thoroughly revised and updated.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801014918
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2013
Edition description: Revised and Updated Edition
Pages: 286
Product dimensions: 6.16(w) x 8.86(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

Michael Frost is professor of evangelism and missions at Morling College in Sydney, Australia, and a Baptist minister. He is the author of Exiles and the coauthor of The Shaping of Things to Come. He lives in Australia.

Alan Hirsch is founding director of Forge Mission Training Network, cofounder of, and leader of Future Travelers. He is the author of numerous books, including The Forgotten Ways. Hirsch lives in the Los Angeles area.

Table of Contents

You Must Read This Bit First 9

Part 1 The Shape We're In

1 Evolution or Revolution? 15

2 The Missional Church 33

Part 2 Incarnational Ecclesiology

3 The Incarnational Approach 53

4 The Shape of the Missional Church 83

5 The Contextualized Church 101

6 Whispering to the Soul 123

Part 3 Messianic Spirituality

7 The God of Israel and the Renewal of Christianity 141

8 Action as Sacrament 169

9 The Medium Really Is the Message 183

Part 4 Apostolic Leadership

10 The Genius of APEST 205

11 Imagination and the Leadership Task 225

12 Organizing the Revolution 247

Glossary 273

Additional Resources 279

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